Luka Doncic's historic 60-point triple-double lifts Mavericks past Knicks in wild comeback
Luka Doncic is at it again.
The Dallas Mavericks superstar dropped a historic 60-point triple-double in a wild 126-121 overtime win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Doncic’s statline is impressive enough. He scored a career-high 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. It was a franchise scoring record and it made Doncic the youngest player in league history to have a 50-point triple-double. He's also the only player to have a 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double.
How he ended the fourth quarter was truly ridiculous.
Doncic and the Mavericks erased a nine-point Knicks lead in 33 seconds to force overtime, thanks to a big late 3-pointer from Spencer Dinwiddie and then a heroic final shot from Doncic.
That shot came after Doncic intentionally missed a free throw and then somehow grabbed the rebound and put it back in himself.
Luka's reaction is hilarious pic.twitter.com/Ys77ms5rEp
— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) December 28, 2022
The reaction was just as good as the shot, even if it was admittedly a bit excessive.
“Honestly, a lot of people asked me about this back in the locker room, and I thought we won it,” Doncic said, . “When I went to the crowd like this, I thought we won the game.
“I see it’s tied, and I was like, ‘Oof.’ I didn’t know what to do.”
The Mavericks then pushed ahead quickly in overtime, holding the Knicks to just two free throws in the first four minutes of the extra period, to complete the comeback and grab the five-point win. Doncic had seven of Dallas’ 11 points in overtime, which got him to 60 on the night.
“I’m tired as hell,” Doncic said after the win. "I need a recovery beer."
— sportsvids99 (@sportsvids991) December 28, 2022
Quentin Grimes led the Knicks with 33 points and six rebounds while shooting 7-of-16 from the 3-point line. Julius Randle added 29 points and 17 rebounds. The Knicks, after winning eight straight, have now lost four in a row.
Teams who led by at least nine points with 35 or fewer seconds remaining in the game were 13,884-0 over the past 20 seasons, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
NBA teams were 0-13,884 in the last 20 seasons when trailing by at least nine with 35 or fewer seconds remaining, per @ESPNStatsInfo.
Luka Doncic and the Mavs pulled off a miracle.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 28, 2022
Dinwiddie added 25 points in the win for the Mavericks, and Christian Wood finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Mavericks have won four straight. Doncic averaged nearly 42 points, 9.8 assists and 11.8 rebounds over that stretch, which included another 50-point outing Friday in Dallas' win over the Houston Rockets.
"The kid doesn't quit," head coach Jason Kidd said, via the Dallas Morning News' Callie Caplan. "He doesn't quit ... Just in awe to see a young player like that."
It wasn't just Kidd in awe. Plenty across the league were just as stunned.
That was a MyCareer type performance from Luka tonight. Some video game shit
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 28, 2022
Omg Luka 60 21 and 10 never seen these numbers in my lifetime may never again Wilt like video game like damn
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) December 28, 2022
Luka Magic!!! Goooood Lawd…
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) December 28, 2022
Me seeing Luka’s stats tonight…wow pic.twitter.com/FHdYwQXXmW
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) December 28, 2022
60/20/10?? este tio no es normal @luka7doncic
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 28, 2022
While relying only on Doncic isn't a sustainable plan for Dallas long term, there's no arguing that the strategy is working now.